You’re a dedicated monstera owner, but now your lease is up, you’ve bought your first house, or you’re finally moving to your dream city. And you need tips for moving with your monstera NOW.

How do you prepare your plant for such a big change? How do you safely pack and transport your monstera? How can you help your monstera recover and settle into its new home?

Moving with houseplants can be challenging, but here are our tips for moving with your monstera plant, whether you’re moving across town or cross country.

Before the Move 

The best way to prepare your monstera for a move is to make sure that it’s in the best health possible. This means proper watering, plenty of light, and the right nutrients to support strong stems and roots (which will help your plant transition!). 

If you have some time leading up to your move, fine-tune your care routine to help your plant get “in shape” for the move. 

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Water the plant a few days before you leave to make sure it isn’t thirsty, but also to give the soil enough time to dry out a little so it won’t be a watery mess in your car or moving van.

During the move

Now for the tricky part: the actual move!

By car

The best way to transport a monstera plant is in a car. If your plant is small, you may be able to simply place it on the floor of your car or in a basket in the backseat covered with a light sheet or butcher paper. If your monstera plant is large and/or has a support, you may need to lay it down in the backseat or cargo area.

To do this, tightly wrap the pot up in plastic wrap to keep as much of the dirt inside as possible. Then lay out a sheet, tarp, or blanket in the car where you plan to put your plant. You may also want to lay down pillows or small boxes to support your plant, especially if it has a moss pole. 

Carefully tip the plant on its side, moving leaves out of the way as necessary to prevent them from getting crushed. Finally, loosely wrap or cover